"I hope these 119 sportspersons will be able to win hearts of the people"

India will do well at Rio Olympic Games PM ModiPIB
news Rio Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:31
Written by  IANS

Assuring "all possible help" to the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympic Games 2016, scheduled to begin on August 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hoped that Indian sportspersons will be able to win hearts of people from across the world.

"I hope these 119 sportspersons will perform well (in the games), and they will be able to win hearts of the people, who come there from different parts of the world," Modi said while flagging off "Run for Rio" here at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction over the fact that India, this time around, was able to send a strong contingent of 119 sportspersons to the Rio Olympic Games.

"India has been associated with the Olympic Games for over 100 years but only this year we were able to send 119 sportspersons to Rio," he said, adding that the entire contingent was prepared well and government took special care of their training.

"We allotted special budget for their diet, training this time around," he said, adding that players were asked where and under whom would they like to be trained and all arrangements were made for every selected individual with government spending from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 1.50 crore on a player.

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